Trump Attacks Critics Of Puerto Rico Aid Effort: 'Politically Motivated Ingrates'

03 October, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Lorraine Moran
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In earlier tweets, Trump claimed the news media was in cahoots with Democrats to ridicule his hurricane relief efforts. This is the time to show our "true colors". "We can not be distracted by anything else", Cruz wrote alongside photographs of relief work on the island. The major has accused his administration of "killing us with the inefficiency".

"If he asks to meet with me", she said, "of course I will meet with him".

"We have no time for patience any more", Carmen Yulin Cruz said in a news conference.

"Damn it, this is not a good news story", Cruz told CNN.

Cruz said all she wanted was for the federal government to do everything possible to ease the plight of millions of islanders still lacking food, electricity and fresh water.

"I think there is a frustration from people who are making attacks on them that aren't grounded in the reality of an incredibly hard logistical situation". "Dammit, this is not a good news story". This is a people are dying story. "This is a life or death story", she added. So, I am done being polite. "And if that has a political cost, I will take it, as long as it saves lives". "I am mad as hell". "#FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we're getting great marks from the people that truly matter!"

He says the hurricane "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico and that "the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an awesome job".

"Let us not talk about the debt", Yulín Cruz said, referring Puerto Rico's crippling debt load.

A man carrying a water container walks next to damaged houses after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Canovanas Puerto Rico on Sept. 26 2017

As NPR's Greg Allen and Marisa Penaloza have reported, many hospitals are still shut down. Cruz hit back at Trump, asserting that he is used to dealing with women who "need to be told what to do". Some communities are still flooded in parts.

So far at least 16 have died, according to The Associated Press.

Cruz, in emotional appeals on TV on Friday, has become the face of Puerto Rican officials distraught over what some of them charge is insufficient response by the US government to the crisis.

His remarks came after Cruz made several increasingly strongly worded demands for assistance for her city, which lost power and clean water access, among other basic necessities, after the September 20 storm wrecked the island.

Administration officials have followed Trump's push for optimistic messaging.

The US president lashed out on Twitter at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital over what he implied was insufficient gratitude for federal help in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

He then retweeted videos from the military and other emergency responders working in Puerto Rico.

Mnuchin says the entire Trump administration is "very much focused" on helping Puerto Rico.

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